The yearly planner of the Vatican Apostolic Library for 2020 will be dedicated to Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Mogliano Veneto 1720 - Rome 1778), famous engraver, architect and architectural theorist, on the occasion of the third centenary of his birth.
The collection of his works preserved in the Vatican stands out because of its extraordinary numerical and qualitative consistency.
Among the particularly significant works here displayed are two drawings, a Capriccio Architettonico and a Schizzo Progettuale per la decorazione del Pantheon and the counter-proof of the engraving Veduta della Piazza della Rotonda, published here for the first time.
The sentences used to accompany the weeks 2020 describe the thought of Piranesi and the critical position that scholars and artists contemporary to him and subsequent intellectuals assumed towards him.
Particularly suggestive is the contribution of Marguerite Yourcenar who, commenting on the Carceri, wrote " The real horror of the Prisons, more than some mysterious scenes of torture, is in the indifference of whose wandering human ants in immense spaces, and in which different groups almost never seem to communicate with each other, or even noticing their respective presence, and even not noticing at all that a condemned man is being tortured in a dark corner".
Precisely to highlight the human factor strongly present in the Piranesi's prints, but overshadowed by the imposing architectures, the characters that inhabit the engraving have been reproduced in the weekly pages.
The chosen binding is a reproduction of a recently donated volume, representative of the friendship that bound Giovanni Battista Piranesi to the Rezzonico family and, therefore, to Pope Clement XIII to whom the artist dedicated several works.
From the introduction by H.E. Msgr. José Tolentino de Mendonça, Librarian of Holy Roman Church.
cm 19x26,5 (7,5x10 in)
Ample space for daily notes
All texts in Italian and English
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